CA to send best team for Champions Trophy

Published: Friday, April 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Despite increasing calls by current and former players to rest key Australian team members in order to preserve them for the tough Ashes series, Cricket Australia (CA) today made it clear that they would send their best team for the Champions Trophy in India later this year.

CA chief James Sutherland said Australia would go all out to win their maiden victory in the biennial One-day competition, to be held in October-November.

''I don't think it's an issue, I don't think there's any question right now of players being rested for the Champions Trophy,'' Sutherland said in Brisbane.

He said the mega event, which is only next to World Cup, was an important forerunner to the Ashes series and the World Cup next year.

''I think it will be a fantastic opportunity to getting the guys playing some competitive cricket ahead of an Ashes series,'' he was quoted as saying by an Australian News Agency.

Australia vice-captain Adam Gilchrist had said winning back the Ashes should be the main priority of the team and top players should be rested from Champions trophy.

Former fast bowler Jeff Thomson had also urged the selectors to rest star trio of Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee, just as England was considering to preserve Andrew Flintoff for the showdown between the arch rivals.

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